Nico loves cooking and is usually one of the first one at the table and ready to go. This week we made pierogis. Cooking is a great way to work on math skills: counting eggs, measuring, etc. and is also a wonderful way to work on team work and building self esteem!
Mia is continuously curious - she really enjoyed exploring our shape of the week: the triangle!
We can usually find Jackson either meandering around the classroom in his firefighter hat or playing with some sort of transportation toy. Because of the children's deep interest in transportation we always make sure that we have transportation materials available for the children to explore. We have been asking the children what they think transportation is and how modes of transportation moves and how they move. In this photo transportation was exclaiming "train goes choo choo back and forth!"
Dylan loves our field trips to the potty and washing his hands in the sink. It brings him so much joy. Potty explorations are a great tool in preparing our little learners for the actual potty milestones we plan on eventually achieving!
Every morning Nina comes into the classroom with her bag of cheddar bunnies. Nina's spirit is a generous one - she loves to share with her friends and take care of them. In this photo one of her friends were sad and she quickly comforted them by offering them a coveted cheddar bunny!
Clay play! Parker loves to get his hands on anything sensory and messy. We love his hands on attitude and eagerness to learn in the 2A classroom!
Levi loves anything to do with manipulatives and puzzles! Manipulatives also improve a child's sense of spatial awareness. Through manipulative use , children learn how things fit (or do not) together. Concurrently, manipulatives also promote problem solving skills. Manipulatives encourage creativity!
Charlotte enjoys jumping into anything and everything in the 2A classroom. We have noticed that she's taken an interest in sensory play lately - sensory play upports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction!
"This my horse!" - Morgan
Morgan making connections and engaging in imaginative play with her friend Katerina!
"I go on horse!"
Katerina loves playing with her friend Morgan and engaging in cooperative play with her peers. She especially love imagining dramatic play scenarios which is a key toddler play skill - dramatic play helps toddlers make connections and process the world around them while encouraging creativity!
Teacher: "Mercer, would you like to paint?"
Mercer: "Da!" (yes in Russian)
Mercer adjusting to her second week in the 2A class and working on color and shape explorations. We had so much fun!
Max always loves to find cozy corners to snuggle up and hide in. Boxes are the best!